Urban-Rural Linkages

Composite Google Earth images of urban-rural linkages, from left to right Chengdu, Portland, Sydney (Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard).

Work Group Leaders:

Assoc Prof Yizhao Yang, School of Planning, University of Oregon | yizhao@uoregon.edu

Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard, Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney | s.padgettkjaersgaard@unsw.edu.au


Urban-Rural linkages are defined by the United Nations as “nonlinear, diverse urban-rural interactions and linkages across space within an urban-rural continuum, including flows of people, goods, capital and information but also between sectors and activities such as agriculture, services and manufacturing.” This working group focuses on cooperative and inclusive planning and governance approaches adopted in regions that help strengthen urban-rural linkage:

  1. Spatial planning that uses land-cover mixture and continuum to address urban-rural transition and support effective protection of ecological lands and efficient use of infrastructure.
  2. Policies and investments in areas such as housing and infrastructure to manage flows of people, goods, and resources among big central cities, towns, and rural settlements for rural-urban co-benefits.
  3. Government collaboration and public-private partnership in regional planning to support urban-rural connectivity and co-development in economic, social, and cultural spheres.

While this working group aligns with several of the SDG’s including 2 (Zero Hunger), 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and 13 (Climate Action) and 15 (Life on Land) its strongest alignment is with the United Nations 2017 report ‘Implementing the New Urban Agenda by Strengthening Urban-Rural Linkages – Leave No One And No Space Behind’. The UN identifies urban-rural linkages as a key component of the New Urban Agenda and it is from this report that the working group situates itself in working towards a better urban future.

Relevant SDGs:

Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Goal
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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Expression of Interest to Join a Working Group



Key Dates

• Expressions of interest for Working Groups to be submitted by: Monday, 31 August 2020

• PhD papers submission due on: Sunday, 6 September 2020

• Early birds registrations close on: Monday, 2 November 2020

• Standard registrations close on: Friday, 11 December 2020

Please note that all key dates are in New Zealand Daylight Time (UTC+12).

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